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Pelton: Dealing Shaq ultimately paid off for Lakers

What might have happened had Shaq stayed with the Lakers? Big Aristotle thinks seven crowns but logic says the outcome would likely have been far less rosy.

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Summer Forecast: Cavs, not Warriors, to win title

Will the Warriors make it back-to-back championships in 2016? Not according to Summer Forecast, as our expert panel pumps the brakes on Golden State's repeat chances.

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Goldsberry: Why pickup basketball is broken

Thousands are played every day across the country. But for as popular as the game is, there is something fundamentally broken with the majority of pickup games: the scorekeeping.

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High-flying slam dunk at FIBA Americas (0:16)
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Panama center dribbles his way to a layup (0:16)
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Lowe: Heat check

Pat Riley's post-LeBron rebuild project is quickly taking shape. Have the Heat now become the most intriguing team in the NBA?

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D-Wade shows no mercy in game of dodgeball (0:14)
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Mutombo's priceless reaction to getting his jersey retired (1:26)
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Celtics Summer Forecast: Rare extensions

Our 17-member forecast panel puts itself in Danny Ainge's shoes: Should he offer an extension to Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller or Perry Jones III?

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Argentina routs Cuba at FIBAs

Argentina needed just 23 minutes and 11 points from Luis Scola, as all 12 players scored in a 96-64 blowout of Cuba. The game was actually tied at halftime, before Argentina ripped off a 34-10 third quarter.

Armstrong impersonates Manu Ginobili ...

... and the Spurs guard loved it! Yes, the NBA's foremost impressionist impressed the Argentine by mimicking him in all his Euro-stepping, foul-drawing glory. Ginobili: 'Great job man!'

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Howard detained for gun in carry-on

Rockets C Dwight Howard was detained at George Bush Intercontinental Airport last Friday for having a handgun in his carry-on bag. He was not charged with a crime, and he boarded a later flight after giving the gun to an associate. Story

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Argentina looking to stay unbeaten

Luis Scola and Argentina have cruised so far at FIBA Americas, and they'll try to move to 3-0 when they face winless Cuba today. Live on ESPN3

Dominican Republic rolls

Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists to help the Dominican Republic blow out Uruguay 90-70 and improve to 2-2 in FIBA Americas first-round play.

Dominican Republic rolling at half

Rockets F Francisco Garcia has just 3 points on 1-of-5 shooting, but is getting plenty of help from his supporting cast, as the Dominican Republic has opened up a 42-23 lead over Uruguay at FIBA Americas. Live on ESPN3

Rick Carlisle takes flight

The Mavs coach spent the past couple summers learning to become a pilot: "I remember thinking, 'These guys have gotta be crazy to think I'm ever gonna buy an airplane. And then a month later I had an airplane." A new challege

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D.R. looks to avoid critical loss

Fresh off their win over Panama yesterday, the Dominican Republic takes on Uruguay, trying to solidify a spot in the second round of FIBA Americas. Live on ESPN3

Glen 'Big Baby' Davis has ankle surgery

The free agent, who spent the last two seasons with the Clippers, will be sidelined two to three months, a source told the LA Times. Davis had ligaments repaired and a cyst and bone spurs removed.

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ICYMI: Lin goes undercover at gym

Hornets guard Jeremy Lin pretended to be a personal trainer named Wayne to catch fans off guard. "Wayne-sanity" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

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Mineiro posterizes Ayon at FIBA Americas

Brazil's Rafael Mineiro reaches way up to throw down a monster jam over Mexico's Gustavo Ayon at the FIBA Americas tournament.

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Basketball analytics ... for pickup ball

Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry is here to convince you to score your games by 2s and 3s rather than 1s and 2s. Still not convinced? Listen to Rockets GM Daryl Morey: “I always make pickup games 3s and 2s." Fixing pickup

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ICYMI: The Hawks surprise Mutombo

The Hawks announced they will retire Dikembe Mutombo's jersey on Nov. 24. The big man's reaction to the news is priceless.

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Mexico wins second straight

Former NBA player Gustavo Ayon went off for 27 points and 13 rebounds to guide host Mexico past Brazil 66-58 at the FIBA Americas.

Grizzlies' rookie Martin breaks foot

Forward Jarell Martin, the 25th overall pick in this year's draft, will have surgery Thursday after fracturing his left foot in a collision with another player during a workout. The team provided no timetable for his return.

Mexico back in action at FIBA Americas

Host Mexico won its opener on Monday, then had an off day yesterday. Now Gustavo Ayon & Co. go for a second win to open FIBA Americas play against Brazil. Live on ESPN3

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Venezuela gets double-digit win

Windi Graterol scored a team-high 13 points and Venezuela had four players in double figures in its 74-63 win over Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico falls behind at halftime

Despite a game-high 13 points from Mavericks PG J.J. Barea and 12 from former Knicks first-rounder Renaldo Balkman, Puerto Rico trails Venezuela 43-37 at halftime at FIBA Americas. Puerto Rico has gotten just 3 points from its bench. Live on ESPN3

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Smith has guarantee dates and incentives in deal that make it likely he will get full salary. But it is overall an unusual contract.

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JR Smith's deal with Cavs is 2 years/10.3M total. But first year just 2M guaranteed, 2nd year player option is 2.1M guaranteed sources said.

Puerto Rico takes early lead

Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field in the first quarter, as Puerto Rico took a 22-20 lead over Venezuela at FIBA Americas. Mavs guard J.J. Barea was one of three players to score six points for Puerto Rico in the quarter. Live on ESPN3